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City Nature Challenge

April 30 & May 1

This year’s City Nature Challenge is shaping up to be the best one yet! Join us on Friday, April 30th, and Saturday, May 1 for all kinds of fun outside.

You can even participate in the City Nature Challenge by learning how to use the iNaturalist app on your phone to share photos or recordings of interesting plants and animals. Come be a part of this fun citizen science event! In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021C NC will not be focused on competition; instead, we want to embrace the healing power of nature and celebrate tens of thousands of people all around the world, searching for and documenting their local biodiversity, together in this event. Please understand and abide by all local COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time of the event.

Hourly Schedule

Friday, April 30

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Waking up with the birds
9:00 am - 10:00 am
iNaturalist training/hike
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fungi walk using iNaturalist
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Pond survey
(finding insects, fish, turtles, frogs...)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
iNaturalist training/hike
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Reptile and amphibian hike using iNaturalist
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
iNaturalist training/hike
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Plant survey using iNaturalist
(3 groups)
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Campfire Concert
(featuring Gabriel Newell)
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Nature at night using iNaturalist

Saturday, May 1

8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bird banding with Dr. David Aborn
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Waking up with the birds
9:00 am - 10:00 am
iNaturalist training/hike
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Plant survey using iNaturalist
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
iNaturalist training/hike
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Reptile and amphibian hike using iNaturalist
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
iNaturalist training/hike
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Life in the pond
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bluebird Nest Demonstration
(Hosted by the Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee Bluebird Society)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
iNaturalist training/hike
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fungi walk using iNaturalist
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